Natalia Mishkutenok

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Natalia Mishkutenok
Personal information
Full name Natalia Yevgenievna Mishkutenok
Alternative names Natalia Mishkutionok, Mishkutienok
Country represented Russia
Former country(ies) represented Soviet Union
Born (1970-07-14) July 14, 1970 (age 43)
Minsk, Belarus SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 2 12 in)
Former partner Artur Dmitriev
Former coach Tamara Moskvina
Former choreographer Alexander Matveev
Tamara Moskvina
Former skating club Yubileyny Sport Club
Retired 1994

Natalia Yevgenievna Mishkutenok (Russian: Наталья Евгеньевна Мишкутёнок, born July 14, 1970) is a Russian former pair skater who now works as a coach. With Artur Dmitriev, she is the 1992 Olympic champion, the 1994 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time World champion (1991, 1992), and a two-time European champion (1991, 1992).

Personal life[edit]

Mishkutenok was born in Minsk to a Polish mother and a Belarusian father.[1] In 1995, she settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved to Texas in 2001.[2] She was formerly married to American hockey player Craig Shepherd, with whom she skated professionally on occasion during the late 1990s. She divorced Shepherd and married Alan Hainline. They had a daughter, Natasha Alena Mishkutionok-Hainline on January 16, 2006.[2]

Career[edit]

Mishkutenok competed for the Soviet Union, Russia, and the Unified Team. She teamed up with Artur Dmitriev around 1986.[3] They were coached by Tamara Moskvina in Saint Petersburg and their choreographers were Alexander Matveev with Moskvina.[3][4] Together, Mishkutenok and Dmitriev won the 1991 and 1992 World and European Championships, and Olympic gold in 1992. They performed to Franz Liszt's Liebesträume (Dream of Love), which became one of the most noted programs of their career and earned them four perfect 6.0 marks at the 1992 World Championships in Oakland, California. They turned professional shortly after that championship.

Mishkutenok and Dmitriev chose to reinstate as amateurs after the ban against such actions was lifted. They attempted to defend their Olympic title in the 1994 Winter Olympics, where they delivered two strong programs. Their free skate to Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto earned a standing ovation and is considered one of their finest performances. The judges awarded the gold medal to Mishkutenok and Dmitriev's good friends and fellow countrymen Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov ("G & G").

One hallmark of Mishkutenok and Dmitriev's style was their creative spins, especially one in which Mishkutenok would do a split and point her head down, with an arm around Dmitriev's calf so that they were both vertical and aligned; this signature move, called "Natasha's spin" was incorporated into virtually every one of their programs. Another signature move was a backwards inside death spiral in which Mishkutenok bent backwards, holding her foot behind and above her head while Dmitriev also held her raised skate blade and her free hand.

Mishkutenok and Dmitriev competed before, during, and after the breakup of the Soviet Union, thus, they competed for the Soviet Union, the "Unified Team" (a team made up of athletes from the nation states that were formerly part of the Soviet Union), and Russia all within a four-year period. Mishkutenok decided to retire from competition after the 1994 Olympics, while Dmitriev went on to skate with Oksana Kazakova and won the gold at the 1998 Olympics.

Mishkutenok is currently coaching pairs and singles skaters in Grapevine, Texas. One of her students is the U.S. men's 2009 novice silver medalist Stevan Evans.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
1993–1994
"The Symphony of Emotions":
  • Piano Concerto #2
    by Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Flute Dance

  • Nostalgia
1990–1992
  • Don Quixote
    by Ludwig Minkus


  • War Drums

  • Peasant Dance
1988–1990
  • Let's Dance Together
  • Jewish folk music
  • Piano Piece ("The Death Spiral")

  • Peasant Dance


  • War drums

Competitive highlights[edit]

(with Artur Dmitriev)

International
Event 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1993–94
Olympics 1st 2nd
Worlds 3rd 1st 1st
Europeans 4th 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 3rd
GP de Paris 1st 1st
Nations Cup 1st
NHK Trophy 3rd
Skate America 1st 1st
Goodwill Games 2nd 1st
Moscow News 4th 1st
Piruetten 1st
Universiade 1st
National
Russian Champ. 2nd
Soviet Champ. 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd

Professional

Event 1992–1993
World Pro. Championships 3rd
World Challenge of Champions 3rd
US Open Pro. 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hersh, Phil (February 12, 1992). "Russians Still Figure As Pairs Champions". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn; Leamy, Liz (January 21, 2008). "Past, present and parents at U.S. Champs". IceNetwork. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Janofsky, Michael (February 12, 1992). "ALBERTVILLE; No Longer Soviet Skaters, But They Are Still the Best". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Natalia Mishkutenok & Artur Dmitriev". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. 

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